EMDR Therapy in Vancouver

EMDR Therapy in Vancouver, BC

Did you know that traditional talk therapy may not always be sufficient to address and resolve deep-seated issues?

Our team of EMDR therapists in Vancouver is trained specifically to help you overcome your emotional pain and suffering. With specialized training and expertise, we are equipped to provide you with the support you need to find permanent resolution to your challenges. If you’re ready to take the first step towards lasting change, we are here to help.

What Is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a therapeutic approach used to treat a range of mental health conditions, especially those related to trauma. It helps people process and resolve traumatic memories, thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations that are associated with a traumatic event. This is achieved through guided bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, while clients focus on the traumatic memory. This helps activate the brain’s natural healing powers and facilitates resolution.

The therapy is based on the principle that symptoms arise when traumatic experiences surpass the brain’s capacity to heal, and that bilateral stimulation during re-experiencing the trauma in a safe therapeutic environment (dual awareness) can complete the healing process.

We offer EMDR in Vancouver and online by our highly skilled therapists. All of our EMDR therapists in Vancouver have experience in treating a wide variety of psychological issues. If you are looking for professional EMDR Therapy services in Vancouver, we can help you out!  

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR therapy is based on the adaptive information processing (AIP) model, which assumes that our minds have a natural ability to process and make sense of our experiences in a healthy way. However, severe stress can overpower this natural process, causing traumatic memories, thoughts, emotions, and sensations to remain unprocessed. This can result in lingering negative symptoms.

In EMDR, the goal is to stimulate the brain to process these unresolved memories and promote healing and resolution. This is achieved through bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or hand vibrations, while the patient focuses on traumatic memories. The stimulation helps to decrease emotional distress and link positive memories to the traumatic experience, leading to improved mental health.

EMDR resembles the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep where the mind and body integrate information. Like in REM sleep, the brain can be guided to wherever it needs to go to heal during EMDR therapy.

EMDR treatment can help people work through and resolve difficult memories, leading to decreased emotional upset and improved well-being. Negative experiences may no longer have the same impact after EMDR therapy.

Who Benefits from EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been extensively researched for its effectiveness in treating patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR can also be effective for the following issues:

  • Traumaand post traumatic stress
  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disturbing memories
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Pain
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and/or Physical abuse
  • Body dysmorphic disorders
  • Personality Disorders
    Eating disorders
    Anger issues

    It’s crucial to note that EMDR should only be performed when clients are stable enough to process their trauma. This means that they should not be currently using drugs or alcohol and have no immediate safety concerns.

    Book a free consultation with one of our experienced EMDR therapists in Vancouver to determine if this treatment option is right for you. Our therapists will provide personalized support to help you overcome any challenges and improve your mental health. Schedule your appointment today!

Book a complementary consultation with one of our EMDR Therapists today. we look forward to hearing from you

Does EMDR Actually Work?

Approximately 20 controlled studies have explored the impact of EMDR on post traumatic stress symptoms. These studies have consistently demonstrated that EMDR is effective in reducing or eliminating post traumatic stress symptoms for the majority of patients.

The American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies recognize EMDR as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress and endorse it in their treatment guidelines. The effectiveness of EMDR has also been acknowledged by various national and international health and governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and others.

EMDR is a therapy that has been found to be effective in treating trauma-related disorders, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and phobias. Research also suggests that EMDR is a highly efficient and rapid form of treatment.

Book a complementary consultation with one of our EMDR therapists in Vancouver today to see if EMDR Therapy would be a good treatment choice for you. We look forward to hearing from you.